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A.Word.A.Day--umbrage

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This week's theme: a medley of words.

umbrage (UHM-brij) noun

1. Offense or annoyance arising from some insult.

2. Shade, as from a tree.

3. A vague suggestion or a feeling of suspicion.

[From Latin umbra (shade, shadow), which also gave us the words umbrella, adumbrate, and somber.]

See more usage examples of umbrage in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

-Anu Garg (garg wordsmith.org)

"A number of judges clearly took umbrage at McDowell's comments; Supreme Court judge Mr Justice Adrian Hardiman implicitly criticised him from the bench." Pat Leahy; Judiciary Considers McDowell's Watchdog Proposal; The Sunday Business Post (Dublin, Ireland); Jan 7, 2007.

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He who exercises government by means of his virtue may be compared to the north polar star, which keeps its place and all the stars turn towards it. -Confucius, philosopher and teacher (c. 551-478 BCE)

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